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WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2021 -- In Range was one of the top male freshman harness racing trotters last year, and the Hambletonian eligible was looking to kick off a huge sophomore campaign in Saturday's $150,507 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. But midway down the backside, he was passed by local favorite Jujubee (Tony Hall). How would he respond? Quite nicely, thank you. In Range, driven by Tim Tetrick, overtook Jujubee in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52.3, matching the stake record established by Valley Of Sin in 2013.             IN RANGE REPLAY   The stake, known as the Hickory Smoke, was contested over three divisions, with Whiskey Blu and Johan Palema taking the other splits. Marcus Melander, who trains In Range for AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Ansell and Rick Wahlstedt, said he wasn't overly concerned when the son of Bar Hopping-Ilia yielded the lead to the local upstart. "That horse came at him very fast, and In Range is a very laid-back horse," Melander said. "Last year, he sometimes looked at butterflies, but he came back more mature this year. He has a lot of class, and he passed in the stretch pretty easy. We'll keep him in Pennsylvania until the Hambletonian." The game Jujubee held second, beaten 3/4 lengths, with Lepanto (Ake Svanstedt) third. In Range boosted his career bankroll to $436,087 Speaking of local upstarts, Whiskey Blu and Jujubee had taken turns winning late-closing series at The Meadows, and Whiskey Blu also was facing what regular driver Dan Charlino considered his toughest test yet. He aced it. "I absolutely think he's competitive with these," Charlino said. "He hasn't run his best race yet. He likes the front, but I'm sure he'll sit in the pocket if they go along a little bit. He's come a long way, and we're very proud of him." In the Hickory Smoke, Charlino gunned the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding to the point from post five, where he held off the pocket-sitting Capstone (Svanstedt) by a neck in a career-best 1:53.4. Mister Boinga (Tetrick) completed the ticket. Ron Burke conditions Whiskey Blu, who has won nine of 11 career starts and never has finished out of the money, for Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   WHISKEY BLU REPLAY   Johan Palema was winless in six outings last year, but he was competitive in big races, leading trainer Ake Svanstedt to believe he would come back strong this year -- with an adjustment in racing style. "Last year he was on the front too often, and I think he got tired mentally," said Svanstedt, the colt's pilot Saturday. "I think we'll race him from behind this year." Svanstedt's insight was right on, as the son of Bar Hopping-Sobti Hanover followed the live cover of Arnold N Dicky (Dexter Dunn) and roared past in the stretch to break his maiden in 1:53.2. Arnold N Dicky was second by 2 lengths while Take All Comers (Dave Miller) earned show. Bender Sweden Inc. campaigns Johan Palema.   JOHAN PALEMA REPLAY   $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings The three splits in Saturday's subfeature went to Sunny Crockett, The Irishman and Ginger Tree Knox. Sunny Crockett banked more than $110,000 at 2 and might have been looking to graduate to sires stakes this year. But driver Andy Miller, who piloted the son of Father Patrick-Moonlight In Miami for trainer Julie Miller and owners Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable, said the horse is most comfortable in the stallion series. "He's just a notch below the sires stakes, but he's pretty good in the stallion series," he said. "Unless he really steps up, that's where he'll race. He's very handy. He goes about his business and does his job." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $1,783.25 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. For full race results, click here. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA - Once a breaking horse took back and created a route off the cones for him, Keystone Chaos took full advantage, roaring past the leaders to score his second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,100 Conditioned Trot. Marvalous Song took Wednesday's companion feature, a $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw and owner Mason Shaw. Keystone Chaos was shuffled to fifth into the final turn and pinned in, seemingly with no way out. But when Roger Rabbit jumped it off alongside him, Dan Charlino guided him outside and showed him racetrack. He scored in 1:56.1, 1/2 length better than the first-over Just Like Magic, with Rebecca third. KEYSTONE CHAOS REPLAY   Jim Daugherty trains Keystone Chaos, a 4-year-old Andover Hall - Keystone Cola gelding, for Michele Daugherty. Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each collected a pair of wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA -  March 18, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu easily captured the $19,750 championship of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot Thursday at The Meadows to stretch his harness racing career unbeaten streak to seven and complete a sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old stallion, colt and gelding trotters. Whiskey Blu settled in third from post 7 but not for long, as Dan Charlino hustled him to the point past the quarter. The 3-year-old Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding never was challenged thereafter, jogging off to score in 1:56.4 over a sloppy surface. Massive Stroke rallied for second, 3 lengths back, with The Great PG third. Trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC didn't race Whiskey Blu at 2, giving him time to mature. Now, with nothing but victories on his card in strictly local events, do his connections think he'll be competitive against tougher? WHISKEY BLU REPLAY   "We honestly don't know yet," said Charlino, his pilot in all seven starts. ""We all thought he had a lot of talent and potential last year, and he just came unraveled a little bit. He races best when there's a horse beside him, and that hasn't happened yet. But he could be a good one." Whiskey Blu wasn't the only trotter on Thursday's card to extend an impressive winning streak. In the $21,500 final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, Rebecca overcame a demanding trip from post 8 to notch her fourth consecutive victory. Trainer/driver Dave Wade sent the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-SJ's Minolta for the lead, but it took her nearly three-eighths to reach it and cross over. Instead of tiring late, Rebecca surged through the lane and defeated long shot Caramel Macchiato by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Early leader Wonmyheart Hanover earned show. RECECCA REPLAY   Rebecca's game performance reminded Wade of her broodmare sire SJ's Photo, whom Wade campaigned on both sides of the Atlantic. "I was concerned when we got to the half because she didn't have her 'A' game today," said Wade, who owns the homebred with Gerald Brittingham. "I didn't know if she'd be able to hold on. She showed me a quality I had in SJ. No matter what, the sonofagun tried hard. I hadn't had to ask her for determination before today. But I asked her, and she showed it to me." He indicated Rebecca has no stake engagements this year. "I think eventually she'll be an Open trotter," he said, "but I don't want to rush her. We'll let her tell me." Elsewhere on Thursday's card, The First Step won the $16,200 Open Handicap Pace despite taking the overland route, triumphing in 1:51 for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 5-year-old Betterthancheddar-Mery Linny Lee gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $175,319. Rock Candy and Whos Better rounded out the ticket. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $4,798.83 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and the championship of the Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2021 -- He didn't race as a freshman, but the 3-year-old Whiskey Blu has been making up for lost time ever since. On Thursday at The Meadows, he won his sixth race in as many career starts by blowing away the field in a division of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot. The Great PG took the other $10,000 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt, horse and gelding trotters. Dan Charlino didn't rush Whiskey Blu, allowing him to settle third before making the point with a quarter-pole move. The Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding cruised home in 1:56.2 over a "good" surface, 6-1/2 lengths better than Full Review, with Conrad J third.       Whiskey Blu has won his six races by a combined 21-3/4 lengths for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Great PG, a 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Alix Hall gelding, enjoyed a 32 second-quarter breather and was untouchable from there, scoring in 1:59.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Dana Kahrig and owner Island Sun Stable. Laramie and Alberts Dream completed the ticket.       Thursday's card also featured the second leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, which saw Rebecca and Graymatter Hanover capture the $10,000 divisions. It was the second consecutive series win -- and third straight victory overall -- for Rebecca, who bore out late but still triumphed in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver David Wade. Real Diamonds K and Caramel Macchiato rounded out the ticket. Wade and Gerald Brittingham bred and own the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-SJs Minolta.       Graymatter Hanover went wide through the final turn to prevail in 1:58.1 and spring the 9-1 upset for Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt and owners Gary Saul and Frank Van Atta. Wonmyheart Hanover and Guard My Heart finished second and third, respectively, behind the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall.       The $15,000-added championships of the McConnell and the Wohlmuth are set for Thursday, March 16. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Randy Bendis, while Tony Hall fashioned a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM EST. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2021 -- Whiskey Blu stretched his harness racing career unbeaten streak to five with an in-hand victory in Thursday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Massive Stroke took the other $10,000 opening-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The event honors the memory of Dale McConnell, who earned the nickname "Mr. Trot" for his success developing and campaigning trotters. Unraced at 2, Whiskey Blu launched his career Jan. 21 and has waltzed through conditions; the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding has rolled up a combined victory margin of 15-1/4 lengths over those five wins. In the McConnell, Dan Charlino -- his pilot for all five starts -- sent Whiskey Blu to the point at the quarter. He drew away from The Funk late and defeated him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Laramie rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Whiskey Blu for Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Palm Springs and Whom Shall I Love each took a $10,000 opening-leg split of this series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, which commemorates the longtime manager of the 2:00 Club at The Meadows. Hammered down to 2-5, Palm Springs justified the support with a facile front-end score in 1:58 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 4-year-old daughter of Father Patrick-Hot Springs captured her second straight, defeating Elysian Promise and Friday Night Storm. Whom Shall I Love provided the day's tote board theatrics, upsetting at 16-1 with a charge through the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman and trainer Charley Myers, who owns the 4-year-old daughter of Whom Shall I Fear-Bars Dutchess with Randy Stevenson, Dana Phillips and James Phillips. She prevailed in 1:57.1, with early leader Wonmyheart Hanover and Graymatter Hanover completing the ticket. In Thursday's $14,600 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it two straight for Palone, Burke, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding triumphed on the front end in 1:51.1, extending his lifetime bankroll beyond $700,000. Palone collected five wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2020 -- In a 7-length hole at the half, Petey Sarah rallied wide to capture Tuesday's  harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Petey Sarah was seventh when Dan Charlino sent her on her way. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter-Maxine The Mighty picked up the live three-wide cover of Courtney Hanover and outkicked her to the wire, downing her by 1/2 length in 1:55.3, matching her career best. Casey T finished third.   Ron Burke trains Petey Sarah for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In Tuesday's other co-feature, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, first-time Lasix user Summer Charm pulled the pocket into the final turn and triumphed in 1:51 for Tony Hall, trainer Scott Betts and owners Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Brookside Stables. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Lover Of Art lifted her lifetime bankroll to $354,150. Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $93,764.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2017 -- Harness racing drivers Dave Palone and Dan Charlino sparkled Monday at The Meadows, though they shined in slightly different ways. Palone rolled up seven wins on the 12-race card, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Charlino rolled up one win, but it was big. Not only did it occur in the day's feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace captured by Hawk's Red Chief, but it also was Charlino's first victory at The Meadows since he returned from leg injuries that sidelined him more than five months. When Charlino and Hawk's Red Chief got away sixth, it looked like an unenviable spot, as the field raced double tiered for most of the mile, giving Hawk's Red Chief no way off the pylons. But as they turned for home, the Lightning Lane beckoned, and the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble shot through to edge Atta Boy Dan by a nose in 1:52.3. Gokudo Hanover rallied for show. Hawk's Red Chief extended his career bankroll to $165,207 for Burke, who ended the day with a five-bagger, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016 -- Harness racing driver Dan Charlino, one of two drivers injured in a race mishap Monday at The Meadows, has undergone a surgical procedure -- and faces several more -- to repair leg injuries suffered in the accident. The other driver involved, Eric Goodell, was x-rayed for potential upper-body injuries but released when the x-rays proved negative. Goodell, 42, called off his Tuesday assignments. According to horsemen and horsewomen who visited Charlino, 52, doctors at a Pittsburgh hospital stabilized his leg with a brace hours after the mishap. Christen Pantaleano, a trainer at The Meadows who was among Charlino's visitors, said a second surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and that a third, more involved procedure will occur at a later date. "He was pretty beat," Pantaleano said, "but he was pretty good, considering." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2016 -- Harness racing drivers Dan Charlino and Eric Goodell were injured in a mishap during Monday's second race at The Meadows. Both men were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment. Initial reports indicated Charlino, 52, suffered potential lower-body injuries while Goodell, 42, was being examined for possible upper-body injuries. The accident occurred in a race for 2-year-old filly pacers when Big Time Blaire stumbled as she was trying to gain on the leader from second, flipping Goodell to the track. PC's Candy could not avoid the fallen horse and also fell, unseating Charlino. Both horses were up quickly and did not spear to suffer serious injury. The Meadows will provide more specific information on the condition of the drivers as it becomes available. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2015 -- Buried behind a wall of horses, Sand Tilly Lace found room deep in the Lightning Lane to score a 10-1 upset harness racing victory in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sand Tilly Lace got away second for Dan Charlino but was shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch. Charlino guided the 4-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Sara Toots to the Lightning Lane, where she outkicked Phone Terror by a head in 1:52.4 on a "good" surface. Bad Glamour Girl was third. With her fourth-place check, Do Me Honor soared over $600,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains Sand Tilly Lace, who extended her career bankroll to $184,988, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, Rip This Joint won at first asking in 1:55.1, fastest this year by a 2-year-old pacing colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone piloted the son of Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover for trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf table. Tony Hall drove three winners on the 12-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday (June 29) afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late closing series finals served as co-features on the 13-race card, with the M&J Oil and Lube final looking to be a showdown between preliminary winners Jets Are On and Godiva Seelster. Neither mare was prominent early, as Happy Apples (Matt Kakaley) and Evil Fight (Jeffrey Long) were embroiled in a cutthroat duel to a :54.4 half mile.   On the backstretch, Jets Are On swept three-wide, pushing to the lead into the far turn and drawing clear by five lengths at head-stretch. Godiva Seelster (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sustained a late bid from farther back in the field, rallying well to take second, reducing Jets Are On's winning margin to two lengths in a 1:53.0 effort. Always Flash-n (Aaron Byron), who stalked from the pocket, was able to shake free from the fading pacesetters to save third.   Corey Braden drove Jets Are On for trainer Luanne Case.   In the Nichols True Value final for male pacers, Nitro Seelster sustained a bid off the live cover of Real Illusion (Brandon Simpson), edging clear of Ron Burke trainees Pappy's Pal (Matt Kakaley) and Shark Fantasy (Dan Charlino) while holding off a strong late charge from Agood Time to Rock (Dan Rawlings) en route to a 1:52.3 victory. Sean Bier tipped the four-year-old Camluck gelding off cover at head-stretch, pulling clear late for a two-length triumph.   Agood Time to Rock chased late after suffering an awkward start, re-rallying to just take second from his stablemates, the pocket-sitting Shark Fantasy and the pacesetting Pappy's Pal (third and fourth, respectively).   Doug Hamilton trains Nitro Seelster.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday evening, with the Independence Day card set to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

ASHINGTON, PA, April 25, 2014 -- Passed by Seashell Hanover down the backside, Mamas Fallen Angel gamely persevered, overcame her rival in deep stretch and captured Friday's $34,250 championship leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows, completing her series sweep. Unraced at 2, Mamas Fallen Angel was acquired by Megan Rogers Racing Stables via an Internet transaction. A half sister to Odds On Equuleus, a highly touted 3-year-old of 2013, she showed both speed and heart in the Do Me Honor final by enduring a 27.3 opening panel from post 9 and coming on again for Tony Hall after being pocketed. She triumphed in 1:55.3 in the slop, 1/2 length better than Seashell Hanover, with Americangirlfriend third. "She's really a classy filly in that she'll relax real easily," said Norm Parker, who trains the daughter of Well Said-Latte Lady. "After using her so hard, I kind of thought Tony might save her. He's always says he likes to race her off a helmet, but we haven't really been able to. I think she has a lot of potential." Parker said the filly will be pointed to next week's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes opener. "We'll let her tell us where we're going from there," he said. "She's staked quite a bit. Hopefully, she'll dance a lot of dances." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Outrageous Art parlayed a cover trip and a 26.4 final quarter to victory in 1:56 for Dan Charlino. Twilight Bonfire, who lacked racing room, was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dedi's Dragon earned show. Ron Burke conditions the 7-year-old son of Artsplace-Righteous Renee, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Yannick Gingras and Joseph DiScala, Jr. Dave Palone drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 2, 2014 -- Magic Wheel sat comfortably behind 3-5 favorite Unefoisdansmavie, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie cut out a leisurely 59 first half and appeared poised for an easy victory. But when Dan Charlino guided Magic Wheel to the Lightning Lane, the 6-year-old Kadabra-Ws Balanced Wheel mare had little trouble putting away Unefoisdansmavie, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Mistress Valentine also shot the Lightning Lane for show. Kris Hite trains Magic Wheel, who now boasts $528,220 in career earnings, for Tom Svrcek. Aaron Merriman drove six winners on the 15-race card, capping his spectacular day by urging Delightful One home at 18-1. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

Overcoming post 8, NY Yankees used two moves to get the lead and secure a harness racing victory in Wednesday's (October 24) $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

Dismissed at 14-1, JC Mik Mac Jillio rallied in the lane to score a stunning harness racing upset in Wednesday's (May 23) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Hoorayforvacation erased a 6-1/2-length deficit with a determined uncovered bid and went on to capture his second straight split in the Sir Caviar Trot at The Meadows. Bob And Bobby and Keystone Wyatt also took $15,000 second-leg divisions Monday in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

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